Boston Public Library to Host Compass Roundtable on October 1
Continued community conversations following completion of strategic plan
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September 13, 2012
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The Boston Public Library continues its series of Compass Roundtables designed to offer updates and conversation about the library’s strategic plan. The next Compass Roundtable will take place on Monday, October 1, at 6 p.m. at the Honan-Allston Branch.

There are eight guiding principles in the library’s strategic plan, known as the “BPL Compass.” The Center of Knowledge principle states, “The BPL is a center of knowledge that serves researchers, lifelong learners, and the intellectually curious through its incomparable collections, digital resources, and access to other scholarly networks.” Chief of Collections Strategy Laura Irmscher and Manager of Reference & Instruction Services Gianna Gifford will lead the discussion on October 1.

Those not able to attend the October 1 gathering are welcome to leave a comment on the BPL Compass blog ( or send an email to There are three more Compass Roundtables to come. The topics are Special Collections in November 2012, Community Gathering in January 2013, and User-Center Institution in March 2013. View and download a copy of the library’s strategic plan via

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